Lusaka, Zambia — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 23 November 2011 – The government of Zambia has called on the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) to ensure that Sino-Hydro Power Company “’ the Chinese company contracted to upgrade the Kariba North Bank extension power project “’ speeds up its work to boost electricity supply in the country.
Sino-Hydro Power Company was also engaged to upgrade Kafue Gorge lower power station.
Lands, energy and water development minister Chris Yaluma said the upgrading of Kariba North Bank extension project was important in increasing the national power base, and that Zesco should play a vital role to closely monitor its construction.
He said the government was concerned about challenges of increased load shedding, but was confident that once the upgrading of the power station was completed, the situation would change.
Yaluma was speaking in Siavonga and Kafue when he toured Kariba North Bank extension project and Kafue Gorge power station, accompanied by his deputy, Charles Zulu and Zesco managing director Cyprian Chitundu.
Mr Yaluma said Zambia’s economy was growing rapidly because of increased investment in the various sectors, and that more investors could come only if power supply was able to meet higher demands.
“These projects are very important and as government, we shall ensure they are successfully completed to help minimise power outages,” he assured.